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All of The Left's Charges Against Me Are Lies!

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A few months ago, for the first time in the history of La Canada, California, a city just west of Pasadena and the home of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a new branch of a renowned Jewish institution opened. La Canada had previously lacked a synagogue or any other Jewish institution for a simple reason: few Jews live there.

But that never stops the Jewish organization known as Chabad. They open their famous "Chabad Houses" all over the country (they are in all 50 states) and all over the world. Some years ago, my wife and I visited Chabad of Cambodia -- a country in which there are no Jews other than visiting businessmen and tourists. Chabad, composed of ultra-Orthodox, but worldly, Jews, is the most dynamic Jewish movement in the world.

So when a Chabad House opened in La Canada last year, and its young Chabad rabbi, Mendy Grossbaum, invited me to lecture, I immediately accepted. I was happy to help a new Chabad House and especially one so close to where I live.

I will be giving a talk on Mothers' Day titled, "Creating Moral Leaders in Children." Rabbi Grossbaum deliberately chose a nonpolitical topic -- first, in order to draw the largest and broadest crowd possible and second, because Chabad is nonpolitical.

The furthest thing from either of our minds was that this speech would be controversial.

We were wrong.


The largest La Canada Facebook group, the La Canada Parents Facebook Group, took down Chabad's post announcing my speech.

When Rabbi Grossbaum contacted the group's administrators, one of the three, a woman named Brenda, responded on Facebook that she could not allow the rabbi to promote the lecture because it "was by Dennis Prager who runs hateful disinformation campaigns... I will not support any event that is hosted by anyone who is well-known for hatred content."

Brenda sent the rabbi three links to prove I run "hateful disinformation campaigns" against Muslims: One was from an article published 16 years ago by the Islamist organization CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations); one was from Sludge, a left-wing site I had never before encountered; and one was a letter from the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) to National Review responding to a column I wrote in 2017 titled "Remember the Hysteria about Trump-Induced Anti-Semitism." In it, I defended then-President Donald Trump against charges of antisemitism. The column had nothing to do with Islam.

Stacy, another administrator, wrote to Rabbi Grossbaum: "We don't allow political/ propaganda or disinformation. The speaker is flagged in Wikipedia (and many other fact and bias checking sites) for both."


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